This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content. And the Lord said, All right, I will. He’s probably a tourist asking how much concrete it took to build the bridge or something. There are 7191 characters in the full content. We’re the creature. Or how about those times when you pull into a gas station and all the pumps are occupied and you have to WAIT for someone in front of you who has already filled his tank but before moving his car so that you could gas up, he decides that he simply must go inside and buy a pack of gum or something!? It may be hard for us to understand, but there is important growth that can only happen to us in these times when we suffer through long periods of waiting. But understanding that in principle and applying that in daily practice can sometimes be difficult. Perhaps this is what inspired Lewis Smeades to write: Waiting is our destiny. From the perspective of earth, the Being would have observed 1987 history .but from the perspective of the supernova, the Being would have experienced what the earth would not know about for another 170,000 years. There’s the waiting of someone who has a serious disease and the treatment is almost as bad as the illness. In Henri Nouwen’s book, Sabbatical Journeys, he writes about some friends who were trapeze artists and called themselves The Flying Roudellas. Does my difficulty in enduring some lengthy trial stem from pride? During these forty years, your clothes did not wear out, and your feet did not swell. He’s God and we’re not. In Matthew 23 Jesus refers to this aspect of God’s nature when He looks out over Jerusalem and says, …how often I have longed to gather you! On this side of eternity we will not be able to understand all the reasons that God makes us wait. They waited generation after generation, century after century-time in which God seemed to be silent. Of course. Maybe you’re single this morning and you feel a legitimate longing for intimacy. And then John writes a reply in verse 20, Come, Lord Jesus. In other words, If You had not made us WAIT this wouldn’t have happened. Revelation 3:20 says that even now He waits. We want the penny but not the minute. In a recent issue of Preaching Today, John Ortberg suggests three basic attitudes or behaviors that are requirements for those who wait on the Lord: patience, humility, and hope. In waiting they would catch the wind of God's Spirit. So that means that we have a functioning mind about the size of a quarter pounder with cheese. They WAITED again…three days…and then He rose from the dead and things looked great! Its long and drawn out and they wonder if the cure will ever come. You see, there are certain passions only learned by pain. How about you? Waiting on God is a regular refrain in the life of faith. Perhaps He’s leading you to join this church. He told Boyd he had to go to Camp David for an important meeting. A New Testament example of this principle is found in the account of the death of Lazarus. What must we do to make it possible for God to work-even in these times of waiting-for our good? While God often says to us: Don't just do something, stand there. Waiting for someone to buy your house. Do you see how ridiculous it is for us to think that with our 4.6 ounces of functioning brain matter we’re going to comprehend the infinite and decipher the mysteries of the millenniums? I. All Rights Reserved. Boyd said, Sure…you’re the president. At its maximum size, the brain weighs an average of 46 ounces, slightly less than 3 pounds. We wait and we wait. We forget His work in us while we wait which is as important as what we are waiting for. is an online resource for sermon outlines and preaching ideas. They listened to His teachings and kept WAITING for Him to bring in the kingdom the way they expected-to right all the wrongs done to them and their people but He was crucified. Hope keeps hostages alive when they wait and wait and have no rational proof that anyone cares about their plight Hope is what entices farmers to plant seeds in the spring after three straight years of drought. You know in your heart this is not the right person for you…but you are tempted to think, I’ve been waiting long enough. Don’t wait any longer. Waiting for your husband to come home from a business trip. Today if you are not a Christian, I urge you to do just that. This reminds me of the story of two maestros who attended a concert to hear a promising young soprano. He waits to infuse our hearts with a HOPE that will keep us going. © 2020 SermonSearch. One of the hardest things to do in life is wait on God. Yet, when we read the Bible, God Himself, Who is all-powerful, all-wise, and all-loving asks us over and over again to do just that: to WAIT. Waiting for your prayers to be answered. But Paul lists it at the end. To wait for someone is to realize that I am not in control. He trusts that God has more to say, and he commits himself to waiting on God rather than taking matters into his own hands.

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